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Hailsham Heritage Award goes to new care home

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The history of Hailsham is preserved within the walls of a new care home and the efforts that went into the build, which turned into a conservation project, were recognised on Wednesday when a heritage award was presented by the town council.

Anyone passing Care UK’s Bowes House in Battle Road might easily spot that an iconic building is at the heart of the state-of-the-art development designed to meet the needs of the older generation.

But unless they go inside – and visitors are always welcome - they wouldn’t see the extent of the work that has gone into celebrating the town’s history.

A brewery tower from the 1880s is recognised as the jewel in the crown and the name of the brewery will live on because an in-house coffee shop is now called Lynns.

During construction a time capsule dating from 1964 was discovered and its contents revealed that the former brewery had been renamed Bowes House by Apaseal, an automotive products factory which took over the building when the brewery closed down.

Within the reception area at Bowes House there is a display showing the contents of the time capsule and there are pictures from the town’s past displayed throughout the home.

Children from nearby schools named the four suites within the building as Weald, Meadow, Barley and Aylsham and Hailsham’s celebrities are remembered too. For example an activities kitchen, decorated retro-style, pays tribute to Fanny Cradock while one of the lounges is furnished in rich colours inspired by Cardinal Wolsey.

The Hailsham Heritage Award was given by the Hailsham in Bloom committee, which has been running under the auspices of the town council but is soon to be independent as a charity.

Chairman Richard Grocock said, during a presentation evening on Wednesday that the award was given to Bowes House because of the way the new building incorporated the old brewery. “They have done a fantastic job,” he said.

Bowes House business administrator Nikki White, who was accompanied by customer relations manager Anne Morris, said it was an honour to accept the award.

To find out more about Bowes House, visit

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25 Battle Road, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1DU

Bowes House

CQC Rating: Good
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club

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